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Avoiding Legal Disasters with Vacation Rentals

Why stay in a hotel when you’re on vacation in a beautiful city like Portland, Ore., or Barcelona, Spain? Nowadays, many travelers think this way, renting vacation homes from owners and swapping apartments. But don’t let an unexpected legal dispute spoil your annual time off. Smart travelers know the ropes in the new “share economy” where they go online to sites like AirBnB.com and VRBO.com (vacation rental by owner) where homes and apartments are available in 34,000 cities. Many others …

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Posted 1 year ago in Podcasts Your Home & The Law by Larry Bodine  
How to Protect Yourself in Apartment Swaps [KGO Radio]

(iStockphoto/Thinkstock)   Swapping apartments is a great way to cut down on a travel bill or make some extra money. Lawyers.com Editor-in-Chief Larry Bodine spoke to San Francisco’s KGO (810 AM) all news radio host Michael Finney on the legal paperwork you need for your vacation apartment swap. Larry points out in San Francisco any short-term rental for less than 32 days is illegal where people could be fined or evicted. But this trend, also called “peer to peer rentals” is growing worldwide. Larry …

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Posted 1 year ago in Real Estate by Aaron Kase  
Developers Liable for Flooding of Florida Homes

Developers can be liable for faulty infrastructure that causes water damage to houses, even if that infrastructure isn’t directly attached to the dwellings, the Florida Supreme Court ruled recently. If a company builds roads, retention ponds, drainage systems, pipes or other things that fail to properly contain and disperse water in a way that negatively impacts houses in a subdivision, the homeowners have a cause of action under the “warranty of habitability,” the court said. “Habitability of a home is …

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Posted 1 year ago in Landlord & Tenant by Janet Raasch  
Can Your Landlord Evict You for Smoking?

It is getting harder and harder to find a place to smoke cigarettes. Smoking is not allowed in many workplaces; in many retail establishments like stores, restaurants and bars; and in many public places. Sometimes, you just want to get into your own personal space, where you make the rules and you can smoke if you want to. After all, smoking by adults is legal private behavior. If you own your own home, you can smoke with impunity. If you …

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Posted 1 year ago in Landlord & Tenant by Aaron Kase  
Landlords from Hell Sentenced in San Fran Rent Crisis

Think your landlords are bad? Be glad they aren’t Kip and Nicole Macy, a San Francisco couple recently sentenced to four and a half years in prison for terrorizing their tenants. The Macys pleaded guilty to residential burglary, stalking and attempted grand theft after a shocking campaign against their renters, which included fake emails, gun threats, cut utilities, stolen items and even sawing through the floor from below. At one point Nicole Macy cut through a beam to undermine the …

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